Alpine Hiking Flower Power

Post by blogger | July 16, 2007      
Alpine flowers.
We became flower children this weekend. Hiking to Silver Creek Pass near Marble, Colorado. Flowers at timberline and just above are in full bloom. Sharp yellows and blues you can taste, punctuated by numerous columbines with their elegant pastels. Soul food.

-Exposure time: 1/1250 (wind was blowing, used fast speed to freeze motion of flowers)
-F-stop: 2.8 (wanted as much selective focus as possible, so background would be blurred enough to separate from foreground, would have liked a bit more)
-Flash: Not fired (could have used flash for a cliche’ type wildflower shot)
-Exposure mode: Manual (used AV, aperture prefered, to force F 2.8)
-White balance: Auto (Canon cameras have good white balance for summer outdoor shots)
-Orientation: Left-bottom (position of focus box, which can be moved around)
-Exposure bias: -0.3333 (slightly under-exposed from meter reading, to keep sky blue, then lightened foreground midtones a bit while processing in P-shop)


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6 Responses to “Alpine Hiking Flower Power”

  1. james stallcup July 16th, 2007 10:08 am

    I’m hiking the Trooper Traverse with friends at the end of July. Is there a book with route information or any other sources that has route information that I could access?


  2. Lou July 16th, 2007 10:57 am

    Hi James, the maps here can be used as reference to get your route figured out on a high quality 7.5 min. topo map you’d buy from a USGS outlet or print out from Topo software. I’d think the route as indicated would be adequate for hiking, though the usual multitude of wilderness hazards do exist and could kill or injure you.

    If the issue is figuring out where Darling Pass is, perhaps I could upload another section of 7.5 min. Map that shows that. Won’t have time to do that for a few days.

    That said, If you can’t figure out the route using the maps as reference to 7.5 min USGS topographic maps, perhaps you’re under-qualified for this sort of off-trail hiking?

    Also, please know there is no guarantee on the accuracy or safety of information provided here at, you use this information at your own risk.

    Have a great trip!

  3. Lisa July 16th, 2007 1:46 pm

    Silver Creek Pass is a beautiful hike. Thanks for the nice outing Sweetie!

  4. Terry July 16th, 2007 7:24 pm
  5. Lou July 16th, 2007 7:27 pm

    Nice Terry, aren’t those columbines amazing!?

  6. Terry July 17th, 2007 7:14 am

    …especially a whole slope of them! Once the Columbine finish their display, you know you are heading for the next season and possibly snow in a couple months.

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